- Job title: Media and Communications Officer (covering Medicine and Health, and Biological Sciences)
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: 0113 343 8059
Simon works in the media and communications team, which includes the press office, covering life science research from the Faculties of Medicine and Health, and Biological Sciences.
He works with academics to promote their research through the media, in order to raise the profile of the University and its researchers, creating compelling media and social media content to engage journalists and the public in the research being conducted at Leeds.
Simon co-ordinates publicity with collaborators, funders and journals, such as UKRI, Leeds Academic Health Partnership, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, CRUK and the BHF. He regularly responds to incoming media enquiries from journalists looking for scientific expertise.
His key responsibilities include advising academics on stories which could create national and international media interest, and to support and develop communications which align with key research priorities.
Simon helped setup Research Nights, a monthly events series run by the Leeds Doctoral College, which gives PhD researchers the opportunity to share their work with a lay audience. He also helps run the University’s marketing and communications network, bringing together and upskilling colleagues working across different services and faculties.
Simon is passionate about science communication, the climate crisis and engaging people with research. Simon previously hosted a science radio show and occasionally presents live streams for the University, interviewing academics about their work. He also co-founded the Leeds Sci Comm network, an informal monthly meet up.
Simon studied Biology at the University of Leeds, followed by a masters in science communication at the University of Cambridge. He has worked in communications for an environmental charity based in Thailand, as well as at the Science Media Centre in London. He has been a member of the STEMPRA committee since March 2019, which supports science press officers around the country.
Simon joined the University of Leeds Communications team in February 2017.
Simon welcomes enquiries from researchers who have work they would like help or advice to publicise. He also welcomes enquiries from journalists looking to interview experts in the life sciences.